ST PETER JULIAN EYMARD
St Peter Julian Eymard, founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, is known as the “Priest of the Eurcharist”. The following Eucharistic meditation on “The Our Father” composed by this Saint is from his book “The Real Presence”.
Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do:
that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN
in the heaven of the Eucharist, to Thee, Who art seated on the throne of grace and love, be benediction, and honor, and glory, and power, for ever and ever!
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
first in ourselves, through the spirit of Thy humility, obedience, and charity. May we in all humility and zeal make Thee known, adored, and loved by all men in the Eucharist!
THY KINGDOM COME
Thy Eucharistic Kingdom. Rule Thou alone forever over us for Thy greater glory through the power of Thy love, the triumph of Thy virtues, and the grace of a Eucharistic vocation. Grant us the grace and mission of Thy holy love so that we may be able effectively to preach, extend, and spread Thy Eucharistic Kingdom everywhere, and thus realize the desire Thou didst express: “I am come to cast fire on the earth; and what will I but that it be kindled?” Oh! That we also might be the incendiaries of this heavenly fire!
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Grant us to find all our joy in wanting Thee alone, in desiring Thee alone, and in thinking of Thee alone. Grant that by denying ourselves always and in all things we may find light and life in obeying Thy good, acceptable, perfect will. And as to the condition and progress of our Society, I will what Thou willest; I will it because Thou willest it; I will it as Thou willest it; I will it as long as Thou willest it. Perish our thoughts and desires if they are not purely from Thee, for Thee, and in Thee!
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
Lord Jesus, Thou Who didst daily give manna to Thy people in the wilderness; Thou Who didst will to be the only portion and inheritance of the Levites; Thou Who didst bequeath Thy Divine poverty to Thy Apostles, we want and select Thee to be our only Provider and Treasurer in all things. Thou alone wilt be our food and clothing, our riches and glory, our remedy in illness, and our protection against our enemies. We promise not to accept or even to desire anything from the favor of men or from the friendship of the world. Thou wilt be all things to us; men, and all they stand for, will be nothing to us save a cross and a subject of oblivion.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
Forgive, Lord Jesus, the sins of my youth! Forgive the sins committed in such a holy vocation so that worthily, with a pure heart and a good conscience, I may dare approach Thy sacred altar and serve Thee holily, and deserve to praise Thee with the Angels and Saints. Forgive the offenses committed against us. Take not revenge on those who oppose, calumniate, and persecute us. Grant them good for evil, pardon for sin, love for hate.
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
with our whole heart, in true charity; with our whole soul, in the simplicity of little children; with our whole will, we desire to obtain for them, as for us, all the gifts of Thy love.
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Keep away from Thy Eucharistic family crafty, false, and impure vocations. Let not this poor little family ever be ruled by a proud and ambitious man or a hiirsh and passionate one. Deliver not up to unclean and wicked beasts the souls that trust in Thee. Make Thy Society immune from scandal, pure from vice, free from worldly servitude, a stranger to the world, so that it may find its joy in serving Thee in holiness and liberty, in peace and tranquillity.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Deliver us from the demon of pride, impurity, and discord. Deliver us from the cares and worries of this life so that, with a pure heart and a free mind, we may gladly spend and devote all that we are and all that we have to the service of the Eucharist. Deliver us from false brethren, lest they oppress Thy infant Society; from the wise of this world, lest they corrupt Thy spirit among us; from learned and proud men, lest they stir up Thy wrath against us and cause Thee to abandon us; from effeminate men, lest they cool the ardor of virtue and weaken the strength of holy discipline; from inconstant and double-faced men, lest they greatly deceive our simplicity.